"Collaboration is absolutely vital to developing the tools needed to truly revolutionize the way TB is treated and overcome the global TB epidemic," said Mel Spigelman, M.D., President and CEO, TB Alliance. "AstraZeneca has a well-established TB drug discovery program and is a crucial participant in the Critical Path to New TB Regimens. Together, our research promises to bring important advances to TB patients in need."
Les Hughes, AstraZeneca's Vice President of Infection Discovery said: "AstraZeneca is building a leading franchise in the treatment of infectious diseases, both through our own in-house research as well as through collaborations. This collaboration is part of the global partnership that will be needed to conquer the TB epidemic. We are excited to be working with the TB Alliance to help move forward the drug discovery program and quickly speed promising candidates into clinical development."
Every year, 1.8 million people worldwide die from TB. Today's TB drugs are nearly 50 years old and must be taken for six to nine months for drug-sensitive disease and up to 24 months for drug-resistant disease. Long, demanding treatment schedules prove too much for many patients and the result
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